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Are you ready for the Fifty Shades of Grey musical?

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Whether you loved it, hated it, or have no intention of ever reading it, there’s no denying that the Fifty Shades trilogy has been one of the most successful book franchises ever.

So it shouldn’t be all that surprising to learn that theatre bosses are determined to recreate the novel’s success on the stage.

Are you ready for Fifty Shades: The Musical?  


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Set to bring all of Ana and Christian’s steamy ‘red room’ antics to life in front of a live West End audience, the stage adaptation is already predicted to be a phenomenal success – despite the fact it hasn’t even been confirmed yet.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: “There has been massive hype around the books and producers know that the stage adaptation will sell out in minutes.

“Theatre bosses have been in talks with [author] E L James and although these things can take years to plan they know it will be a big success.”

The source added: “It could be the sort of thing that hen parties will flock to with all the steamy scenes and tourists will love it too.”

We can just picture it now; think moody red lighting, backing dancers dressed as sex toys, and a soliloquy (or two) from Ana and Christian’s ‘misunderstood’ characters.

As for the music… well, this calls for powerhouse vocals, big ballads, and swelling crescendos.

Someone get Andrew Lloyd Webber on the phone, stat.

After all, the Phantom of the Opera is pretty Fifty Shades-esque; there’s masks, and corsets, and incessant power-play between an older man and a naive young woman.

Just update the setting, ditch Raoul, and throw in a few spankings, and you have a surefire recipe for success.


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One can only hope that the musical fares better than the film adaptations.

Shortly after the release of the first Fifty Shades film, the future of the movies was thrown into doubt by lacklustre reviews – despite the fact that it had a phenomenal opening weekend, and broke box office records everywhere.

Jamie Dornan was rumoured to be unhappy with the critical panning received by 50 Shades of Grey, director Sam Taylor-Johnson quit the franchise in March 2015, and then there were the allegations of a lack of chemistry between Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

However people needn’t have worried; Fifty Shades Darker – complete with masquerade balls, stalkers, and love rivals on yachts – is set for release on Valentine's Day 2017.

And the third film in the series, Fifty Shades Freed, is already scheduled for release in February 2018.

But it’s worth remembering that the bonkbuster series sprang from humble beginnings; Fifty Shades first started out as an online fan-fiction spin-off to the Twilight franchise, with Christian’s character loosely based on that of vampire Edward Cullen.

The internet series quickly sparked a huge following, and Random House’s Vintage Books swept into offer James a seven-figure contract.

The book sold 10 million copies in six weeks. By the end of 2012, sales hit 70 million copies worldwide – and, in 2015, it was revealed that the story was far from over.

EL James has released a new novel, Grey, which tells the same story from Christian’s perspective, and is planning another similar title to be released this year.

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